Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas

Just one last post for 2011 – tomorrow I start a massive baking effort, and then parties, cookie exchanges and one more trip shopping with a dear friend of mine, Christmas with family – and then a wonderful New Year’s with my other family that will last a week.
Here is the very last project that I needed to complete for a gift – a new Christmas ornament for my mother.  I purchased the acrylic ornament (and matching chipboard) from Stampers’ Corner – they have several styles left as of Saturday – so if you are looking for something a little different, I’d try one of these ornaments.  Then it was a matter of layering and stamping, and spilling glitter everywhere! 

Best wishes for a delightful and magical Christmas and a very happy New Year!
Other:  Darcie’s acrylic ornament (Ariana – Long)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My First A*muse Studio Class

Wow, I cannot even remember how long ago it was that I held my first card class (I fondly remember it was a lot warmer then, since it is freezing here right now).  Naturally, I tried to use all products from the A*muse Studio catalog – and did except for some Basic Grey paper scraps.  Today I found the pictures I had of the cards, buried deep in a file on my computer – and decided to share.  They are a bit simpler than some things I "create", however, with the need for gifts to be made and kids on holiday soon - they might provide the answer.
The first card we made was very simple – but I created two different variations to show that this card could have unlimited use – simply change the colors or change the stamps (like I did in the class).

The second card was very simple – except that you normally get covered in glitter.  First up – we put down a stripe of the super-stick double-sided tape, and then rubbed glitter into it for a glittery stripe.  Next we used the sakura quickie glue pen and edge around the sentiment – and more glitter.  Depending upon the paper scraps used for striping – this card could be masculine, feminine, adult or child.  

The final card we made was a floating bird card – which came to me in my sleep. Mainly just lots of stamping with A*muse Studio’s wonderful/colorful ink pads.  Once you try their ink pads – you are sold on how juicy and rich the colors are.  I would say that their ink is almost mistake proof!

Again – everything can be found in the current A*muse Studio catalog – however, a new catalog comes out in January! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas the “Prequel”

I am not sure about you, but the start of December is always full of things to do.  I have been busy, working, shopping, wrapping, addressing, baking and decorating – probably just like everyone else is!   So, I just had to share pictures of my Mardi Gras themed tree – it makes me smile every time I see it lit up.

As most years, I am also busy making some presents for my friends and family. Until I have time to craft again, here is a sneak peek here of two of the presents I am working on – since I cannot share the entire picture or it would spoil the surprise!